Taylor's American Circus

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On the night of the Census in 1911 there was a travelling circus in Llangadog. The purpose of this page is to document all those involved in this circus, what their roles were and where they came from. It was called Taylor's American Circus. The Circus Manager was called David Taylor but he was from Bristol, not America.

Performer's Names and families

Here I have put together people shown grouped together on the Census Returns.


  • David aged 43, Circus Manager, born Bristol
  • Ada wife aged 45, born Manchester, married 22 years, 6 children, one died.
  • Harriet daughter aged 16, born Usk
  • Ivy. daughter aged 8 born Pontypridd


  • Harry aged 22, circus artiste, born Marsden Yorks
  • Millie aged 21, circus artiste, born Islington, London. Married 1 year.

Block Living in a tent.

  • Julian aged 60, widower, Assistant Manager of Circus, born London.


  • John O'Brien, 33, married, equestrian, born Limerick, Ireland.
  • George Wells, 45, single, saddler/horse ??, born Hull, Yorkshire.
  • William Cergill, 29, single, groom/horse ??, born Cupar, Fifeshire
  • Thomas Mortlock, 48, widower, Tent Master, born Dartford, Kent.

Davies Living in a travelling van

  • Robert aged 35, married, horse jockey, born Bolton, Lancashire
  • Matilda aged 30, wife, born London, married 7 years, 4 children of which 1 died
  • Mary Dorothy aged 4 years, daughter, born Belfast
  • Elizabeth Annie aged 2 years, daughter, born Drogheda, Ireland


Note, actual surname was Burke.

  • Arthur aged 36, gymnast, born Preston, Lancashire
  • Harriet aged 30 wife, gymnast, born Stafford married 13 years, 2 children both living
  • Violet aged 12 daughter, at school part time, born Bootle, Lancashire
  • Arthur aged 10 son, at school part time, born Birmingham

Lorenzo living in a travelling van.

  • Lariu aged 70, single, Animal Trainer, born London, Naturalised British Subject
  • Also Harry Massey aged 25, single, assistant animal trainer, born Stafford.


  • James aged 54, married, Travelling Showman Bioscoper, Aberavon, Glamorgan.
  • Louise aged 53, born Bangor, N. Wales. Married 35 years, 6 children.
  • James aged 30, single, Engineer Road Loco, born N. Woolwich, London.
  • John aged 28, single, Electrician (Bioscope), born Wokingham
  • William aged 26, single, Bioscope operator, born Windsor, London.
  • Thomas aged 22, single, Elocutionist, born Dalston, London.
  • George aged 20, single, Advance Agent, born Bedford.
  • Edward aged 17, single, Professional Drummer, born Aberdare, Glamorgan.


  • William Boyes aged 26, single, Ostler, born Bagillt, Flintshire.
  • Stanley Lewis aged 27 or 29, married, Musical Director, born Garndiffaith, Monmouthshire.

Stebbing Living in 1 tent.

  • Edwin aged 28, married, acrobat, born Hornsey, London
  • May aged 24, acrobat, born Stamford, London married 6 years, 2 children both still living
  • Edwin aged 5, born Walthamstow, London.
  • Cecil aged 4, born Walthamstow, London.

Others Accommodation is shown as "1 tent" and the form is signed by David Taylor.

  • Henry White aged 35, single, Groom, born Birmingham
  • William Woods aged 47, single, Groom, born Glasgow
  • Frederick Vickerey aged 50, single, Groom, born Westminster, London
  • Albert Isayard (possibly) aged 23, single, Groom, born Clapham, Middlesex
  • Augustus Lynn aged 50, single, Groom, born Gothenberg, Sweden
  • Isaac Thomas aged 63, widower, General labourer, born Kidderminster, Worcestershire.
  • Frederick Smith aged 37, single, Groom, Sheffield
  • William Little aged 28, single, General labourer, born Bishop Castle, Shropshire
  • Thomas Malvey (possibly) aged 40, single, General labourer, born Theale, Berkshire
  • Frederick Woods aged 40, single, Waggon Painter, born Chertsey, Surrey
  • Joseph Smith aged 42, single, Groom, born Rudgeway, Gloucester
  • Frederick Thomas Collins aged 50, Night Watchman, born Kent
  • Herbert (possibly) Harington aged 37, single, General labourer, born Duffley, Gloucester

Staying at The Bear Inn

  • David Joseph Walter Taylor, age 22, single, Circus clown, born Cardiff, Glamorgan
  • George Taylor, age 20, single, Circus Clown, born Greenwich, Kent
  • Robert Grieve, age 36, single, entertainer, born Musselborough, Edinburgh

Staying at The Plough Inn

  • Matthew Corbett, age 55, married, Musician, born Haydon Bridge, Lancashire
  • John Okon, age 38, married, Musician, born Holland
  • Joseph Urbuds. age 55, married, Musician, born Chorley, Lancashire
  • Stephen Norman, age 46, married, Musician born Manchester, Lancashire
  • Fred Moore Coltman, age 41, married, Musician, born Ireland Wigston

Staying at The Red Lion

  • Walter Edmonds, Musician
  • Edward Holley, Musician


  • Circus Manager
  • Circus Clown
  • Acrobat
  • Animal Trainer & assistant
  • Bioscoper
  • Circus Artiste
  • Gymnast
  • Musician
  • Groom
  • Waggon Painter
  • General labourer
  • Night Watchman

Research Notes

I am currently trying to find information locally and online about this circus. If you have any information please post a comment or send me a message. Armstrong-17381 15:08, 18 April 2021 (UTC)

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